|One of these cans were in my purse each day!|
|Or a bottle of one of these. Yuck!!!|
Eventually my body started speaking to me. I broke out in hives for 15-weeks. 15-weeks! Every morning my body was covered in bright red bumps to the point where I would have to wear long sleeves and pants to cover them up. I began losing patches of my hair (alopecia) which was a direct result of way too much stress. The other receptionist and I started keeping a bottle of vodka in the back bathroom so that we could make a drink for ourselves in the afternoon to cope with the stress of the front desk. That's when it hit me. All of my health problems didn't process as stress related until I started noticing my behavior on the job. The stress was so bad that my body was literally screaming to "STOP! Slow down! Change what you're doing before I combust!"
So, looking back on that whole stressful time, I'd clearly do some things differently to have taken care of myself, my body and certainly how I managed stress. Slim Fast, Boost, skipping meals and working in a way-too stressful environment with many toxic, judgmental people is NOT a recipe for health. (Please note, I made tons of really great friends from this job who I'm still very close with and who may be reading this post. Not all were toxic!) But, this whole experience made me realize how we all have times in our lives where our health isn't our top priority and we do some silly, not-so-smart things to get by only driving us closer to that ditch where we'll surely end up. Since we've all had them, we can learn from them and prepare better for the times ahead of us so that our health doesn't have to be so compromised.
Can you think of a health moment that you regret in your life?